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Al-Assad: withdrawal within coming months
The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced that Syria will withdraw its forces from Lebanon within "the few next months " amid news about the visit he will hold to Riyadh after his meeting today with the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in Damascus.
Syria-Lebanon, Politics, 3/2/2005
Amir of Qatar in Damascus today
The reports indicated that this visit falls in the course of the current moves within the Arab confines to contain the implications of the killing of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri on each of Syria and Lebanon.
Syria-Qatar, Politics, 3/2/2005
NDP Parliamentary body unanimously approves Mubarak's historic initiative
Egypt's National Democratic Party NDP parliamentary body, at its meeting yesterday, agreed in principle on the historic initiative launched by President Hosni Mubarak for amending Article no. 76 of the constitution under which the President of the Republic would be selected through direct and secret balloting.
Egypt, Politics, 3/2/2005
Morocco to lift reserves on women discrimination convention, Minister
Morocco will lift its previous reserves relating to the convention banning all forms of discrimination against women, revealed, in New York Tuesday, the Secretary of State in charge of Family, Childhood and Disabled persons, Yasmina Baddou.
Morocco, Politics, 3/2/2005
Clashes between Nour supporters and the Egyptian police
Scores of supporters of the Egyptian al-Ghad opposition party demonstrated in Cairo on Tuesday demanding the release of the detained leader of the party Ayman Nour.
Egypt, Politics, 3/2/2005
Bahrain detains man that runs an Internet site that criticized the government
The Bahraini security forces detained a man who runs a site on the Internet viewed as criticizing the government and the ruling family.
Bahrain, Politics, 3/2/2005
Open debate needed on freedom of expression in Tunisia
The International freedom of expression organisations called for open debate on freedom of expression in Tunisia in preparation for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to be held in Tunis, in November 2005.
Tunisia, Politics, 3/2/2005
Washington proposes help, Lebanese opposition continue sit in
The US proposed to help the Lebanese people in carrying free and transparent elections following the resignation of the government of Omar Karami following the pressures by the opposition.
Lebanon-USA, Politics, 3/2/2005
Past rights violations hindered economic development in some Moroccan regions
Some regions in Morocco have been affected by human rights violations committed in the past, and were hence unable to benefit from economic development projects launched in the country, said a human rights activist.
Morocco, Politics, 3/2/2005
Al-Jafaari consults with the Kurds
The candidate for the post of the prime minister in Iraq, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, started his consultations on Tuesday with the Kurdish officials over the future of the political operation in the country.
Iraq, Politics, 3/2/2005
Syria- Jordan border agreement finalized
Syria's Minister of Interior said on Tuesday the Syrian-Jordanian border demarcation accord stipulated implementation of international border accords
Jordan-Syria, Politics, 3/2/2005
Morocco, Burkina Faso sign package of cooperation accords
The two African countries, which also signed a joint communique, agreed to consolidate cooperation in social and humanitarian fields, and to jointly explore the technical progress that contribute to sustainable development.
Morocco-Burkina Faso, Politics, 3/2/2005
Turkish campaign of solidarity with Syria begins
Turkey's popular campaign of solidarity with Syria against US and international pressures set off on Tuesday from Ankara heading to Damascus and Aleppo.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 3/2/2005
Continued violence, demonstrations in Iraq
Sources in the Iraqi forces announced on Tuesday that nine Iraqis were killed and others injured in various attacks that took place on Monday and Tuesday in several areas in Iraq.
Iraq, Military, 3/2/2005
Georgia forces increased
The Georgian armed forces announced that its forces rallied under the coalition forces in Iraq as of Tuesday increased from 300 to 850 soldiers.
Iraq-Georgia, Politics, 3/2/2005
Resignation of the Lebanese government renews pressure on the currency
Pressure renewed on the Lebanese Lira (currency) on Tuesday following the resignation of the government of Omar Karami, suddenly amid people's pressures following the shock resulted from the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri.
Lebanon, Economics, 3/2/2005
Final communique calls on Israel to implement its obligations under the road map
The London conference for supporting the Palestinian Authority wrapped up its activities yesterday with the final communique calling on Israel to undertake its commitments under the Roadmap to peace plan.
Palestine-Regional, Politics, 3/2/2005
On the situation of the French hostage in Iraq
Concerning the case of the kidnapped French hostage in Iraq since 7 weeks, the French foreign minister Michael Barnier said that his country studies the video tape in which the French journalist Florence Obeina appeared asking for help.
Iraq-France, Local, 3/2/2005
Major Moroccan firms woo Western African market, gate to larger market
Moroccan leading companies are wooing the markets of the Economic and Monetary Union of Western Africa (UEMOA) which represents a basis to penetrate the larger market of 100 million inhabitants, the Economic community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Morocco-Regional, Economics, 3/2/2005
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz on Tuesday discussed the latest regional developments and issues of mutual concern.This was during a telephone call made by President al-Assad.
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hus underlined the necessity of adherence to the national unity and to al-Taif agreement to face the current stage.
A Syrian official source on Tuesday denied reports of some news agencies as quoting the Italian "La Republica" newspaper as saying that President Bashar al-Assad expected an American attack on Syria after the end of war in Iraq.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said ending the Middle East conflict is the world's most pressing political challenge. "Much of the poison we want to take out of international relations has swirled around the failure to make progress on this issue," said Blair.
UAE newspaper ' al-Bayan' on Tuesday said Israeli military threats launched by Ariel Sharon of Israel against Syria reflect his real desire for increasing tension in the region. "Sharon's threats prove his intention to evade commitment to the international resolutions and foil all efforts being exerted to push the peace process in the Middle East forward," the daily said in its editorial.
Visiting King Mohammed VI of Morocco received, in Ouagadougou Wednesday, eminent Burkina Faso Moslem figures, including president of the Moslem community in the country, El Haj Omarou KanazoŽ and the president's advisor for Islamic affairs, Boubakar Doukoure.
The Appellate Court of Marrakech sentenced, in Marrakech Tuesday, a police officer to 10 years in jail for violence and manslaughter. The victim, Mohamed Ait Si Rahal, died on July 25, 2002 in a Marrakech hospital, after he was transferred from a police station.
Chief of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday denied the Israeli allegations on Syria's involvement in the recent bombing in Tel Aviv, asserting that there is no proof or any information against Syria.
A sit-in will be staged on March 6 before the Algerian consulate in Montreal to call for the immediate and unconditional release of all Moroccan prisoners of war (PoW) who are detained by the Polisario front in the Algerian territory.